ASU’s Samuel-Foo is New President of the Entomological Society of America’s Southeastern-Branch!


An Alabama State University faculty member has been recognized by her peers as the newly elected leader of her academic professional society, which is involved in the study of insects, arthropods and how they relate to crops and humans.


ASU’s  Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo is the new president of Southeastern Entomological Society of America. She is a recent newcomer to the ASU faculty, having joined the Hornet Nation in Jan. 2018 as an assistant professor, and is involved in both research and teaching on campus. 


Samuel-Foo has been very involved in various entomological-related organizations. She has served two terms as the president of the International Association of Black Entomologists (IABE) and has demonstrated her leadership as a member of the Southeastern-Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) before assuming its presidency. She has served on several of its committees, which includes its  Education Committee, SEB Student Awards Committee, and its Diversity and Inclusion National Committee.  

ABOUT ASU’S SAMUEL-FOO & HER PROJECTS

@ ASUShe enjoys anything to do with insects; especially as they relate to gardening and sustainable agriculture as evidenced by her current ASU research programs, which center on urban/city gardening and specialty crops. One of the first projects that she championed after coming to Alabama State is the creation of an urban teaching garden on campus with one of its purposes to introduce ASU’s students to entomology and sustainable agriculture. She also is interested in cutting-edge research that is involved in developing industrial hemp entomology research.


ABOUT THE SOUTHEASTERN-BRANCH ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. The Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

March 6, 2020 Statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey Regarding the Granting of the $300,000 Appeal Bond for former Montgomery Police Officer Aaron Cody Smith

Montgomery County, Alabama – Below is a statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey regarding Judge P.B. McLaughlin’s decision to approve former Montgomery Police Department Officer Aaron Cody Smith’s request for an appeal bond, which could allow him to be released from prison while he appeals his conviction for the intentional killing of Greg Gunn:

“From day one, our office has handled this case like any other case despite the obstacles that were placed in front of us. After every Circuit Court Judge but one recused in Montgomery County we were ready to try this case in Montgomery before Judge Greg Griffin. When he was ordered by the Alabama Supreme Court to recuse from the case we were assigned a Judge from Dale County that moved the trial to Dale County. We tried the Defendant in November of last year and quickly got a conviction for the intentional killing of Greg Gunn.

We proved during the course of the trial that the Defendant without legal cause chased Greg Gunn. He tased him multiple times and then proceeded to beat him with a metal baton about his body including his head. It was proven in trial that the Defendant, without being provoked, shot Mr. Gunn first in the back and then multiple times in other parts of his body.

The Probation Officer that investigated the facts of this case recommended that the Defendant be sentenced to the maximum sentence of 20 years. My Office agreed with that recommendation and argued strenuously in court that the Judge sentence him to the maximum. Despite our arguments, the Court sentenced the Defendant to 14 years.

We were summoned to Court again this week to argue whether or not the Judge should allow the Defendant out on bail pending his appeal. Our argument was that the Defendant had already began his sentence in the Alabama Department of Corrections and to allow him bail at this point would be a slap in the face to the Gunn family and to the citizens of Montgomery County that have trusted the criminal justice system to do the right thing.

I do not recall any cases in my 25 year history with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where a Defendant convicted of a violent offense was allowed an appeal bond. I along with the Gunn family disagree with the Court’s ruling even though we respect his authority and his decision. All we have asked throughout this process is that this Defendant be treated like every other defendant charged and ultimately convicted of a violent offense.

We will ask the Court of Criminal Appeals for an expedited ruling in this case so that justice will finally prevail.
I have spoken with the Gunn family and while they are disappointed and frustrated they are still optimistic that the appeals process will end in our favor and that the Defendant if released on bail will ultimately be brought back to the Alabama Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.”

Anna Goodwin-Langford, Administrative Assistant to DA Daryl D. Bailey
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
100 South Lawrence Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
(334) 832-7179

Southern AIDS Coalition, Tuskegee University address effects of racism, mistrust on HIV-impacted communities

Think tank partnership seeks to build trust among those affected by HIV and to develop solutions for battling the growing epidemic.

TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA — On Friday, Feb. 28, the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) will partner with Tuskegee University to present “Lifting the Veil on HIV.” This summit, held at sites near and on the university’s campus, will address the implications racism and medical mistrust have on communities impacted by HIV.

The South — and Alabama in particular — has a deep relationship with medical mistrust. In 1932, Macon County, Alabama, became home to the “U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.” It remains the longest and most immoral health and medical treatment study ever conducted in U.S. history. This non-therapeutic study of the progress of untreated syphilis in human beings recruited poor African-American men living in rural Tuskegee and throughout Macon County. The men were uninformed of their syphilis status and untreated for the disease without their informed consent.

The physical mistreatment and non-treatment for syphilis have contributed to generational health problems, as well as ill feelings and mistrust by the families in these communities. The experiment ended in 1972.

Today, the South is at the epicenter of an HIV epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 52% of all new HIV diagnoses in the nation are in the South. This is 36% higher than the national average.

“HIV is a racial justice issue that impacts the black community at disproportionate rates,” said Aquarius Gilmer, SAC’s director of government affairs and advocacy. “Compounding these disparities is the reality of persistent racism within and among public and private health systems and stakeholders that fuels medical mistrust. The legacy and burden of medical mistrust was exacerbated by the U.S. Public Health Service’s government-sanctioned ‘Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.’ Blacks continue to experience poorer health outcomes and decreased qualities of life as a result of this mistrust and racism in public and private health systems.

Despite advances that can improve one’s medical well-being and quality of life, Gilmer said that mistrust among those who require care the most remains rampant.

“Biomedical advances in HIV prevention and care, such as PrEP, PEP and Treatment as Prevention, will not be fully realized if the community questions the motives of public health programs and providers,” he explained. “This convening comes at a critical time as we must work together, those in both private and public health, to identify various strategies — including investments — that build trust. No one entity can rebuild that trust alone.”

“Lifting the Veil on HIV” will convene a think tank to develop solutions for addressing the medical mistrust that resulted from the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, and address the impact that mistrust is having on the fight against the Southern HIV epidemic.

“The pairing of historically black colleges and universities with community organizations such as the Southern AIDS Coalition is a major step toward bringing to the table those populations most dramatically impacted by HIV with government entities responsible for healthcare administration,” said Dr. Vivian Carter, chair of Tuskegee’s Department of Psychology and Sociology. “It is crucial that we bring together a diverse coalition of partners headed by minority groups to address the barriers to healthcare across the rural South and to advance solutions that will make a difference in the fight against the nation’s HIV epidemic.”

For more information about the summit — and to register online — visit bit.ly/liftingtheveilofhiv. A full program of the Feb. 28 “Lifting the Veil on HIV” summit, including session moderators and panelists, is available for download. The day’s schedule includes:

St. Andrews Episcopal, 701 W. Montgomery Rd., Tuskegee (across from the university’s Brimmer Hall)

  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: “Bearing the Image of God Before and Beyond an HIV or AIDS Diagnosis”

Kellogg Conference Center, 1 Booker T. Washington Blvd., Tuskegee University

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: “From Syphilis to HIV: The Enduring Role of the U.S. Public Health Service Study on Black Population Health”
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: “Panel: Where Do We Go From Here: Racism or Restorative Justice in Public Health”
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: “Panel: HIV Public Health Research and Workforce Strategy Session”

The 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. sessions will be streamed live on the Southern AIDS Coalition’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthernAIDSCo.

In addition to the Southern AIDS Coalition and Tuskegee University, the summit is presented in partnership with Avita Pharmacy, Black AIDS Institute (BAI), GLADD, Gilead, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

About the Southern AIDS Coalition: The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is a non-partisan coalition of government, community and business leaders working alongside thousands of people living with HIV and our allies to end the HIV epidemic in the South. We do this through public health advocacy; capacity-building assistance; PLHIV leadership development; research and evaluation; and strategic grantmaking. To learn more, visit www.southernaidscoalition.org.

Online version:

https://www.tuskegee.edu/news/southern-aids-coalition-tuskegee-address-effects-of-racism-mistrust-on-hiv-impacted-communities

Full summit schedule:

https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/images/News/2020.02%20SAC%20HIV%20Summit%20-%20agenda.pdf

About Tuskegee University:Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by former slave Lewis Adams and former slave owner George W. Campbell, with Booker T. Washington serving as its first principal/president. One of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tuskegee has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933. Its academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit www.tuskegee.edu.

Connect with Tuskegee University:

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Two New ASU Board of Trustee Members Sworn into Office

– Delbert B. Madison of Montgomery & LaRaunce A. Fleming, of Huntsville are ASU’s two newest Board members –


Alabama State University has sworn two new Board of Trustee members into office during its regularly scheduled  meeting, which was held on Feb. 21, at the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The two new trustees are Delbert B. Madison of Montgomery and LaRaunce A. Fleming, of Huntsville. 


ABOUT TRUSTEE MADISON

Madison is a native of Montgomery and he serves as a senior vice president with ServisFirst Bank in its cash management department. He is a 1993 graduate of The Alabama State University, and he majored in Marketing. While at the University, he was a stand-out student who was on the Dean’s – List at ASU’s College of Business Administration and a student representative to the SWAC Athletic Conference for collegiate basketball.


“ASU is my life and without the education that I received here, I wouldn’t be where I am today, which is working for an incredible bank,” Madison said. “As a member of ASU’s Board, my number one goal is to be a servant leader for ASU, as well as a person who makes a difference for the University.”


Madison is married to Deanna Banks Madison and he has two children, Delbert II and Damien.


TRUSTEE FLEMING’S BACKGROUND

Fleming is a resident of Huntsville and she is a native of Richmond, Va. She is an international protocol expert and consultant, who owns her own business ‘Etiquette Boutique,’ which serves both business and government alike. Before she began her own business, she was with NASA. She graduated from Fayetteville State University in NC, where she majored in Criminal Justice. 


She stated that she is a huge proponent and supporter of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s).


“I am a big believer in the importance that HBCU’s play in the higher education of our nation’s youth,” Fleming said. “I feel that the most important thing about ASU is our students. I will do my best on its Board of Trustees to work for their behalf so they may do well at ASU and excel in life,” Fleming said.


She is married to Michael Fleming and she has a daughter, Sienna.


News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

‘Black Lives Matter’ co-founder, author Patrisse Cullors to speak at Tuskegee University Feb. 25

Cullors will share about her advocacy for criminal and social justice reform, sign books during a public forum at 4:30 p.m. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, author and “Black Lives Matter” movement co-founder Patrisse Cullors will speak to members of the campus and surrounding communities beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Logan Hall. Admission to the lecture is free, and a book-signing will follow.

In 2013, the Los Angeles native helped establish a global movement with the viral social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Since then, the movement has grown to the international Black Lives Matter Global Network with dozens of chapters around the world fighting anti-Black racism.

When she published her memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” in January 2016, it became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her book, along with Booker T. Washington’s “Up from Slavery,” is the focus of the university’s Common Reading Book Experience for the remainder of the academic year.

For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and is currently leading Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign — a ballot initiative that will be voted on in March 2020. In 2012, she founded the grassroots, Los Angeles-based nonprofit Dignity and Power Now, which advocates for all incarcerated people, their families and communities. She developed and serves as the faculty director of Prescott College’s new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program — the first-of-its-kind curriculum in the nation to combine art, social justice and community organizing.

Cullors’ social activism has led to multiple honors and awards, including the 2020 Durfee Stanton Fellowship, 2019 Champion for Peace and Justice from the Trayvon Martin Foundation, 2018 Next Generation Award from ACLU National, 2017 Sydney Peace Prize Award, 2015 Black Woman of the Year Award from The National Congress of Black Women, 2016 Community Change Agent Award from BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Inc., 2016 Women of the Year Award for the Justice Seekers Award from Glamour, 2015 Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century Award from the Los Angeles Times, and ESSENCE’s first-ever Woke Award.

Cullors holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design. 

In addition to the university’s Black History Month programming, Cullors’ lecture is part of Tuskegee’s annual Lyceum Series, which leverages artistic, literary and cultural programs to spotlight contemporary societal topics for students and the surrounding community. For more information about the series and updates on future presenters, visit www.tuskegee.edu/lyceumseries.

About Tuskegee University:Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by former slave Lewis Adams and former slave owner George W. Campbell, with Booker T. Washington serving as its first principal/president. One of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tuskegee has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933. Its academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit www.tuskegee.edu.

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MICHAEL TULLIER, APR | Senior DirectorOffice of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing | Tuskegee University1200 W. Montgomery Rd. | 222 Kresge Center | Tuskegee, Alabama 36088334.724.4553 office | 334.703.2643 (cell)mtullier@tuskegee.edu | www.tuskegee.edu | Connect on LinkedIn

ASU Student Wins River Region Youth Activism Award for Leadership/Commitment to LGBTQ Youth!

– Victoria Delafuente, an ASU junior, was lauded for her contributions to the community on Feb. 10 –

An Alabama State University student’s leadership and commitment to the high ideals of equal justice and equal treatment to all people regardless of their sexual orientation was honored Feb. 16, at the 21st annual “Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence.”  The award ceremony was moved from the steps of the Alabama State Capitol because of rain to the Unitarian Universalist Church on the Atlanta Highway in Montgomery, Ala.


Victoria Delafuente received the ‘Stephen Light Youth Activism Award,’ given for her leadership, service and commitment to LGBTQ youth said Dr. Davida Haywood, ASU’s vice president for Student Affairs.


“Victoria has been quite active in the local community, and was lauded for her much needed contributions, both on campus and in the River Region, to LGBTQ youth,” said Haywood. “This is the second time that an ASU student has received this honor. The first, was Caleb Gumbs in 2016,” Haywood added.


Delafuente is an ASU junior from Houston, Texas and is a psychology major. 


WINNING THE AWARD BROUGHT TEARS TO HER EYES

She was awestruck to discover that she had been both nominated for the award and its winner.


“I never expected to win any recognition for doing the right thing; for being kind, for not judging people and respecting differences in people,” Delafuente said. “This award was a huge surprise to me, which brought tears to my eyes and joy in my heart,” Delafuente added.


THANKS ASU FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

She said that the encouragement and support that she receives on the ASU campus was a contributor in helping and motivating her involvement in equal rights for all people.
“ASU is my family and I appreciate all of the faculty, staff and students who were contributors in helping me win this award,”  Delafuente said.
“It is all about love and respect for other people.”

ASU junior Victoria Delafuente received the ‘Stephen Light Youth Activism Award.’ (Photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).



News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

Auburn University at Montgomery earns Military Friendly designation

Auburn University at Montgomery has been named to the newly released list of 2020-2021 “Military Friendly” universities published by Viqtory.
AUM earned “silver” status – the highest designation among the five Alabama four-year colleges and universities honored. Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly Schools list recognizes higher education institutions for their ability to provide opportunities to veterans and their spouses.

“We are deeply honored to once again be recognized as a ‘Military Friendly’ university and as a destination of choice for active duty military members, veterans, reservists and their dependents,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “Our Veteran and Military Information Center has worked diligently to ensure military-affiliated students have all of the necessary resources to succeed while pursuing their degrees at AUM.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated through publicly accessible data and submitted survey responses. More than 1,000 universities and community colleges participated in the 2020-2021 survey. The newly released list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.


Methodology and criteria were determined by Viqtory, the veteran-owned parent company of the G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Military Friendly brands, and an advisory council of leaders from the higher education and military recruitment communities. Final ratings were determined by combining survey scores with assessment of an institution’s performance in student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, as well as student veterans.


AUM offers the Military and Family Scholarship for active duty military personnel, veterans and military dependents. Scholarship recipients save 15 percent on undergraduate tuition and 35 percent on graduate school tuition. AUM also offers, two-, three and four-year ROTC Campus-Based Scholarships, the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship and the Green to Gold Scholarship.The university also offers the AUM Guard Card, a first-of-its-kind program in Alabama that provides active duty Alabama National Guard members enrolled at AUM with up to $1,000 each academic year to offset the cost of academic supplies, textbooks and on-campus meals.


Among AUM’s 70 student organizations is a Student Veterans of America chapter. In 2018, the university launched Veterans Week, a series of appreciation events commemorating the university’s history of educating military members. The events recognize students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the military, reserves and National Guard. The university also offers designated parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients.


Contact: Troy Johnson (334-244-3110), Adrienne Nettles (334-244-3896)

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Friday!

– Great Visuals & Fun Local Story of an Exotic Happy Celebration Full of Students/Chinese Nationals Celebrating the Lunar New Year –

WHEN: TODAY (Friday/Jan. 17) , from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Hardy Student Center, first floor – past the Book Store, in its Student Cyber Lounge.

Don’t miss out on what will be the most visually appealing and fun story in the River Region that is happening TODAY, which is the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Alabama State University, which is sponsored by Troy University’s Confucius Institute and ASU’s International Affairs & Diversity Office.

LOTS OF CULTURAL DISPLAYS, FUN, FOOD & PEOPLE

Over 100 students and Chinese nationals will be in attendance for such fun items as a cultural fair, performances, Chinese food, martial arts and so much more. The event will offer you the FUN & SIZZLE that your news consumers desire — and it allows you to localize a world event celebrated this upcoming week by billions of people.

SEND A REPORTER OR PHOTOG AND I WILL ASSIST

Send a reporter or photog to Alabama State University on Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and I will be present to assist them get the right interviews, have access to the perfect visuals and even snack on an egg roll, as I make sure that their time at the event is quick and well spent!

This is a wonderful example of a news feature story that will have awesome visuals of  one of the world’s most exotic happy celebrations happening right here in the Gump.

BACKGROUND ON CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year is the grandest festival in China, and is a seven-day long holiday. This celebration is dominated by iconic red lanterns, loud fireworks, massive banquets, parades, and the festival  triggers exuberant celebrations across the globe like the one at ASU on Friday.

In 2020, the Chinese New Year festival begins now through Jan. 25, and it honors 2020 as the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. Like Christmas in Western countries, the Chinese New Year is a time to be home with family, drinking, cooking, and enjoying a hearty meal together. All streets and lanes are decorated with vibrant red lanterns and colorful lights which marks the Lunar New Year.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

ASU IS BOOKED ON TV TODAY & ALL WEEK LONG HONORING DR. KING!

Dear ASU Leader:
Tune in to WSFA TV 12 today at 11 a.m. to see Alabama State University featured on it honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) AND on other live TV shows on Tuesday, Friday and back-to-back on MLK-Day (next Monday/Jan. 20).
ASU is proud to share with the world the great legacy of Dr. King and his movement, and that he was no stranger to the ASU campus for the years that he and his family were our neighbors on South Jackson St. To that end, we reveal in celebrating and honoring Dr. King and Montgomery’s important civil rights history and the University’s leadership role in it. 
We have booked the following live television shows to honor the national MLK holiday and to showcase ASU’s events and scholars highlighting Dr. King’s important place in America’s history.
TODAY @ 11 A.M. ON WSFA TV 12
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured today on WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m. The University’s archivist and a noted civil rights expert, Dr  Howard Robinson, as well as the founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
TUESDAY @ NOON ON WNCC TV 32
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured Tuesday on the Alabama News Network’s TV 32 during its 11 a.m.live news show. The founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
FRIDAY @ 6 A.M. ON WAKA TV 8
The ASU MLK Citywide Celebration at the Davis Theater will be featured on Friday at 6 a.m. on the WAKA TV 8 early morning news to remind local viewers to attend it that day.
MLK DAY (JAN. 20) ON BOTH WSFA TV 12 & WAKA TV 8
On the actual MLK Holiday (Jan. 20), please tune in to both WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m and/or the WAKA TV 8 Noon News with Ellis Eschew as one of ASU’s nationally acclaimed MLK scholars, Dr. Derryn Moten (chair of the ASU Dept. of History & Political Science) appears on both shows back-to-back.
Anyway you look at it; “It’s a Great Time to be a Hornet!”
GO HORNETS!
Cordially,
Ken
Kenneth Mullinax, Jr.
Director

Here’s exactly how much the Sussexes were financially dependent on the Crown. And here’s what has changed.

-Written by Israel Afangideh-

As soon as Sussex announced their decision to step back from being senior members of the royal family, siting a need for financial independence, there were many reactions to the news. 

But there were certain questions, no one was asking, namely: How much exactly were the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dependent on the Crown, how much did that affect their autonomy, and what has now changed. 

Before we begin, it is Important to note the following: 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were formerly prohibited from earning ANY income, other than the income given to them by the Duchy of Cornwall, controlled by Harry’s father. And the money given to them through the Sovereign grant, dispersed to them by Harry’s grandmother. 

Out of all the funds received from the crown,  by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 95% came from the Duchy of Cornwall, under the direction of the Prince of Wales. While the remaining 5% come from the Sovereign grant.

But where does that money come from? The oldest son of the current British monarch gains control of the Duchy of Cornwall, at birth. And so Prince Charles, Harry’s father, is  the Duke of Cornwall, and controls the Duchy of Cornwall along with all of its Assets. As it turns out, these Assets are quite extensive, including 205.1 Square Miles of land, or 0.2% of land in the United Kingdom. These are farming, residential, or commercial properties, which are rented out, and bring constant revenue to the duchy. The Duchy also has special legal rights, and privileges. For example, the property of  anyone who dies in the county of Cornwall, without any identifiable heirs, automatically becomes the property of the duchy of cornwall. And any company that is registered in cornwall, and then dissolved, forfeits its assets to the duchy of cornwall. It is some of this revenue that was being used to cover Harry and Meghan’s expenses. 

Similarly, The Queen’s estate generates revenue from land and other assets, although much larger in scope. 

All of these revenues from the Crown Estate are surrendered to the British government. Specifically, HM Treasury, (Her Majesty’s Treasury, sometimes referred to as The Exchequer, or The Treasury.) The British government department responsible for fiscal and economic policy in England.  

From that money, a percentage, usually about 10-25% is given back to the Queen for her use in performing the duties she and the rest of the royal family is responsible for, and maintaining property and assets which belong to the royal family. 

See the chart below:

So, for example, from 2017-2018, £329 million was surrendered by the Crown Estate, to the British Government, and subsequently. £82 million was given back to the Queen to cover the expenses of her office in 2019 . 

And from 2018-2019, £343 million was surrendered by the Queen’s estate, and it has been announced that the sovereign grant for 2020-2021, will be £85 million.

Sussex has chosen, to no longer receive any money from this grant. Which covered 5% of their expenses. Or to receive any money from the Duchy of Cornwall, which covered the other 95% of their expenses. 

As for travel expenses, the Sussexes have issued a statement saying: 

“All travel arrangements undertaken by The Duke and Duchess in their private time have always been and will continue to be paid for privately and not by UK taxpayers.”

The only expenses of the Sussexes, which will still be covered by the Crown, are security expenses, which is mandated by the Home office. In addition to being mandatory, the government of the UK does not disclose the cost of security, as stated on its website:

“No breakdown of security costs is available as disclosure of such information could compromise the integrity of these arrangements and affect the security of the individuals protected. It is long established policy not to comment upon the protective security arrangements and their related costs for members of the Royal Family or their residences.”

Sources:

https://sussexroyal.com/

https://duchyofcornwall.org/frequently-asked-questions.html#question_17

https://www.royal.uk/financial-reports-2018-19

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